Published by Simon and Schuster New York, NY 1973
New York Review of Books, 1973
Nobody could be more American than Jill Johnston in her very original book Lesbian Nation. Johnston comes on like a flood, vivacious, mile-a-minute, with an uncontrollable eloquence. No, not uncontrollable. The writing has liquidity, but also energy, and wit. Johnston is a genuine writer.
Chicago Express, 1973
Jill Johnston has written an incredibly moving, funny book. Her prose poetic style alone makes the book entirely worth reading. It is a Steinesque stream of consciousness but the effect is pure Johnstonian. . . . From her verbal dance emerges a total womanwriter, ex-dancer, swimmer, and pipe hanger.
Minneapolis Tribune, 1973
Ms. Johnston's book speaks to all lesbians, to all feminists, and to all women, providing fresh insights and directions for women today. . . . Everyone reading it should be prepared to be overwhelmed.
Majority Report, 1973
This book . . . settles clearly, effectively, and very enjoyably . . . whether Jill Johnston is merely an outrageous show-off or whether she is, as I believe, the most important feminist writer going.
Jill Johnston's book is honest, outrageous, stylistically unique, brave, vulnerable and full of love. If you read it, you will never be sure of anything.
Lesbian Nation is the most important book to come out of the women's movement.
Jill Johnston is one of the most serious, intelligent, honest and sublimely funny writers of our generation.
The Real Paper, 1973
.Jill Johnston's mind is one of the great female treasures. She doesn't simply set forth her insides; on the contrary she delivers the near and distant complexities of her thought in language dressed to kill.
Los Angeles Free Press, 1973
Fasten your mind belts securely before tackling this book. Jill Johnston waxes brilliant, moves from prose to poetry to essay with equal aplomb. There is a distinct absence of dogma in her book. Most of all, she is funny. She has that rare ability to laugh at her own foibles, and in so doing, outgrow them, and ascend to a higher place.
When Jill Johnston came out in her Village Voice column in the early 1970s, she inaugurated a new era in print journalism. This 1973 book is a compilation of many essays she wrote for that column, and includes Johnston’s controversial statement that “until all women are lesbians, there will be no true political revolution.” The book’s title quickly became part of popular lexicon, and its essays include “Slouching Toward Consciousness;” “The Making of a Lesbian Chauvinist;” “The Myth of the Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm;” and “Lois Lane was a Lesbian.”
From exhibition at Columbia University, NYC:
“Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture.”